Students Introduce the Student Bill of Rights, Bring Education Justice to Forefront of Conversation at SXSWedu Next Week
AUSTIN, TX— Next week, Student Voice will convene students, teachers and education influencers at SXSWedu to discuss the issue of student rights and derive action-oriented solutions for the future. With more than six hours of programming, 12 esteemed guests, and two days of discussion, The State and Future of Student Rights education summit will be the first national effort to bring the issue of student rights to the forefront of America’s education dialogue.
Throughout the summit, conversations about education justice will give students the spotlight to discuss three main virtues of student equity among other topics:
The summit will take place at the JW Marriott Austin between March 9-10 and will include the following sessions with guests such as Conrad Foundation Chairman Nancy Conrad, Hewlett Foundation Education Program Officer Marc Chun, and U.S. Department of Education Youth Liaison Sam Ryan:
Session 1: The Right to be Heard
Monday, March 9 | 1:40 – 2:20 PM
It is rare that students are encouraged to express concerns or criticisms about their education. However, all students are entitled to opinions and should be prompted to seek, receive and offer ideas aimed to improve their educational experience. In this session, we discuss how free speech manifests for students, its role in the culture of student voice, and how students can exercise their right to be heard.
Kyle Scott – NBC News Associate Producer, Cornell alumnus
Session 2: The Right to Technology
Monday, March 9 | 3:50 – 4:20 PM
All students are entitled to technology and broadband Internet access. Students should also have a say in decisions regarding the adoption and implementation of new technologies for their academic institutions. In this panel, we discuss issues of equity, privacy and safety around educational technology as well as the benefits reaped when students and teachers use technology in the classroom.
Erik Martin – Chief Editor of the Student Bill of Rights, University of Maryland student
Session 3: Reaching the Unreached
Tuesday, March 10 | 9:05 – 9:35 AM
Rising suicide rates, youth violence, sexism, racism and homophobia. Often the students who face these hurdles are those who suffer from their voice not being heard. This session explores how we can help marginalized students integrate into classroom conversations and interact with peers for collaborative learning.
Jacqueline Emerson – Gender equality activist, Hunger Games actress, Stanford Student
Session 4: The Right to Fair Assessment
Tuesday, March 10 |10:40 – 11:20 AM
One of the biggest issues in education is assessment of knowledge—the way we measure understanding and determine students’ future prospects. In this panel, we discuss the fairness of standardized testing and alternative forms of assessment.
Zak Malamed – Founder and Executive Director of Student Voice, University of Maryland Student
Student Voice is a completely student-run, non-partisan, not-for-profit organization inspired by the premise that all students should have a voice in the decisions that affect their lives. Student Voice strengthens the student movement by empowering students to take action on issues that most impact their education. Our mission is realized by amplifying, aggregating and accelerating student voices. For more information about Student Voice, visit StuVoice.org, follow @Stu_Voice and #StuVoice on Twitter and Instagram and like our page on Facebook.